Chaos in Oregon
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2019 10:19:41 -0700 (PDT)
From Strong Towns.

The state of Oregon is about to descend into chaos. 

> Where the rule of law once reigned, their government has made the shocking 
> choice to throw the rulebook out the window and let loose the forces of 
> anarchy. 
> That's right: Oregon is...about to allow their citizens to build duplexes!
> (We know: you probably just fainted from the horror. Take all the time you 
> need to recover, and then come back to this email.) 
> In all seriousness: we're pretty excited that the Beaver State is getting so 
> close to passing a bill that will allow their cities to grow financially 
> strong and resilient. But we still have one big question: how on earth did 
> this legislation come to seem so radical, when the kind of incremental 
> development this policy allows is exactly how we built strong places for 
> thousands of years? 
> Today, my colleague Daniel explores exactly that question. And if your state 
> isn't talking about following OR's lead, you'll want to give it a read—and 
> consider joining the movement that will make moves like this possible in 
> every community in North America. 

The article mentioned by Daniel Herriges, "Making Normal Neighborhoods Legal 

This reminds me of neighborhoods in Albany NY with rows of “two family houses” 
in which 1 in every block or two had a bar. Irish neighborhood. The bars 
weren’t marked and weren’t interested in growth. They were neighborhood pubs. I 
was never in one but I assume  the pub took the two parlors or the first floor.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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